Evaluation and engagement in journalistic commentary and news reportage


  • Juana Isabel Marín Arrese
  • Begoña Núñez Perucha




Lenguaje periodístico, Compromiso, Reportajes periodísticos, Guerra de Irak, Lengua inglesa, Lengua española


This paper explores the expression of evaluation and the treatment of 'the same event' in news reportage and journalistic commentary in two languages (English, Spanish). In our analysis of the evaluative dimension, we draw on the framework of Appraisal Theory (Martin 2000; Martin and White 2005; White 2003, White 2004, inter alia), and elaborate on the analysis of the categories of evaluation, subsumed under the notion of Engagement, in relation to writer stance and to the dimension of subjectivity and intersubjectivity. The paper reveals the presence and patterning of the various linguistic resources for the expression of evaluation in these subgenres of journalistic discourse, and establishes comparisons across languages.


This paper presents results of research funded by the Comunidad de Madrid (Research project, La variación lingüística en géneros y ámbitos discursivos en inglés y en castellano. Ref., 06/HSE/0272/2004).



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How to Cite

Marín Arrese, Juana Isabel, and Begoña Núñez Perucha. 2006. “Evaluation and Engagement in Journalistic Commentary and News Reportage”. Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina De Estudios Ingleses, no. 19 (November):225-48. https://doi.org/10.14198/raei.2006.19.13.